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Chasintrades's 40B Journal - First Planted Tank

Hi Everyone - I am just amazed by all of the information and inspiration on this site. I guess its time for me to start my own journal.

I am about two weeks from filling this bad boy up! This is my first attempt at a planted tank and my real first educated attempt at a fish tank in general.

As of right now, I am waiting for my HC to fully cover and flatten out from it's DSM. Its been 8 weeks.

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The tank is a Standard 40B
Stand is from Petco
Eheim 2217
Milwaukee Pressurized CO2 - Rex Grigg built Reactor - 5# Cylinder

Catalina 3X39W T5H0 with Moonlight
Nove Extreme 2X39W T5HO
*I am only going to use 3X39 overall.

Gemini-PC 4 DIY Auto Dose
Undecided EI or PPS

18 L ADA AS 1 - 3 L Fine ADA AS 1 and 40LBs of Eco underneath
Soft NYC Water
EI or Eventual PPS

I have more Seiryu Stone to add - mostly smaller pieces to the fore and mid ground area to create depth. I purchased some great stones from Boink.

First here are some pics from my dry start.
8/12/2010




And here is where I am now
10/12/2010
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My goal is two learn and enjoy.

Currently I am looking for some help in choosing 1-3 more plants for the scape. Generally I am looking for some plant selections that will soften the right side, that will create depth and accent the stone work.

Any thoughts, comments and criticism is greatly appreciated!! I really would love to learn.

Thank you for looking!
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post #2 of 78 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 12:00 AM
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So much HC.... Looks great!
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That looks amazing so far.

So much to learn!
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O_O That HC is absolutely astounding! Digging that arch you made out of the Seiryu stones as well.

a few gallons is all you need
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O_O That HC is absolutely astounding! Digging that arch you made out of the Seiryu stones as well.
Thank you. I am hoping that the fish will enjoy it.
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Man that HC took off! Is that arch sturdy or is the rock just resting on the other two?

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Man that HC took off! Is that arch sturdy or is the rock just resting on the other two?
Thank you. I am really pleased with the HC. My hope is that I do not experience to much melt when I finally fill it up. I have been told to really saturate with CO2.

The arch is something I made from three pieces of stone. It seems pretty sturdy but it may not work once I fill it up and there is water flow. I am not 100% certain but it does seem pretty sturdy. Worse case if it does not work by simply stacking them (I would guess reef tanks have less sturdy rock structures) I would potentially use a small amount of glue. Time will tell.

Today I am ordering ferts from Orlando. I need a few other random items.

Next week I am going to fill my CO2 tank and finally fill with water.

Right now I am really stumped on plant selection. I have zero experience with plants. I am very open to suggestions. I would like to add 1-3 more species. Something that does not require crazy maintenance but would create some depth and accent the stone work.

Any criticism, comments are very welcome.

Thanks for looking.
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Today I am ordering ferts from Orlando.

Right now I am really stumped on plant selection.
What ferts are you getting?

I think an Aponogeton crispus or Aponogeton ulvaceus or Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig' would be a nice addition.
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Could add DHG around parts of the stones and then blyxia or jungle vals in the way back.

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First, thank you all for your wonderful suggestions. I do not know the first thing about plant selections and the scientific names get me even more confused!

I think I am going for the following plant list

Eleocharis acicularis (DHG)

A few select Downoi and Erios.

Wondering if I should add something "red" to compliment the DHG.
I think I am going to try a blue background instead of a large background plant selection.

Anything else I should consider?
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Love the carpet looks great. I agree with accenting the rocks with some DHG would look great and do a mid size background plant would look nice. Great work.

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The HC grew like a weed for you. I would used DHG and blyxa to soften it up. Looks awesome!
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Well I am going on a business trip to SD and LA until next Tuesda.. Cannot wait to go back into Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica.

When I get back, I am going to thin down some of the HC and replace some large areas with more stone work.

I will have around 9"X9" algae free HC to trade for some Downoi and Erios. Hopefully its enough to make some trades...

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